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3.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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: Eighty people are abducted from a city street by an unknown entity and forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. The rules are simple; follow the arrows or you will die, step on the grass and you will die, get lapped twice and you will die. Only one participant will survive. Race or die.  There can only be one winner, but who will survive and for what purpose?

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  • Actors: Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Brianna Lauren Jackson
  • Directors: Paul Hough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J4LMIB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ryan Henry on August 8, 2014
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When I rented "The Human Race," I was expecting something along the lines of Stephen King's novella "The Long Walk" judging by the summary on the product page. Instead, I got something completely different, and not in a good way. Simply put, the people who wrote and directed this had no idea what they wanted their film to be.

This is evident in the first ten minutes. Just like Ed Wood peppered his infamous "Plan Nine From Outer Space" with random scenes of Bela Lugosi, the audience is treated to a completely insignificant back story about a young woman battling cancer. This goes on and on, only to end with no particular connection to the plot whatsoever. Perhaps the filmmakers are trying to show the existential ridiculousness of mankind's small victories over death or something. But the simplest explanation is the best: they have no idea how to make a movie. Either that, or they filmed a short years ago and decided "let's tack the whole thing onto this full-length production." Another back story crops up with a bit more significance to the overall plot, but it could have been handled in a one-minute flashback.

The relatively simple premise -- a group of ordinary people forced to participate in some daunting competition until only one is left standing -- was somehow made overly convoluted and completely stilted in its execution. Again, I think this comes down to a production team that slapped a bunch of incongruous ideas together and blew 90% of the film's budget on theatrical blood. The premise of this movie has been done much better in other films, such as The Running Man, Death Race 2000, Battle Royale, Series 7: The Contenders, and even Cube -- all of which I recommend over "The Human Race.
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Entertaining microbudget b-movie - novel sci-fi/supernatural plot, compelling "ticking clock" momentum, and decent acting. This one's definitely wirth a rental. This is one of those films that will leave you wondering what could have been accomplished if it had major studio backing. As you might guess, it's definitely dark - and I think would have been better with some dark humor thrown in, as it tends to be pretty unrlentingly heavy throughout - but not pointlessly so. The film also has enough plot twists to keep the viewer engaged from start to finish. Well done, filmmakers!!!

I don't know if this film was adapted from a book, or if it was straight from script-to-screen, but this would have made for an interesting short story.
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If anyone has read Richard Bachman's (Stephen King's darker ego) The Long Walk, you are probably expecting something as exciting and intriguing. But this is nothing like the short novel that I couldn't put down till it was over. This idea had a lot of potential at the beginning. You could have come up with any number of scenarios that would have put these 80 people in a race for their lives. But in the end, all you get is some entertaining blood and gore, a really disturbing scene with the death of a pregnant woman that should have been left out entirely (and that's coming from someone who has no trace of delicate sensibilities), and an end that is unsatisfying. In fact, you'll be rolling your eyes and saying, "Really? I wasted all this time for THAT?"
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Thus is billed as a sort of horror - sci-fi and that is pretty much on the money. Eighty people - seemingly unrelated- are plucked from their daily lives and placed in some sort of compound where they are told to `race or die'. There are many other rules such as `do not step on the grass' - or you will die, all infractions to the rules will result in death which seems to be caused by extreme blood pressure resulting in a sort of head exploding situation.

There are three safe zones, the house, the school and the prison but if you are lapped twice then - well you guessed it - you die. The main protagonist is Eddie who is an Afghanistan veteran who lost his leg in that conflict and was saved by Justin who has also been taken to this place. Of the eighty we have a very mixed bag, able bodied and disabled, old, young, white collar, seeming crooks and a couple who are deaf and use sign language.

So the race is anything but even. The big question is why is this happening and to what end. As the `contestants' try to work that out so the controller keeps announcing another death as the countdown goes irrevocably from eighty to the ultimate `one'.

This has been compared to `Battle Royale', but this is not of the same calibre to that very high level production. It is a very good watch with blood - a - plenty and enough existential dysfunctionalism to keep you both guessing and interested in the twists and turns. And I must say for an indie effort it ain't half bad. The real problem is there is not enough of a back story for each of the characters (except the main two army vets) so that there is very little in the empathy bank when they are facing the grim reaper. That said for an 84 minute film it does pack in quite a lot and the final twist will tie up any loose ends. One for horror fans and those who like things a bit dystopian - would give seven out of ten but am rounding up to four stars because of the diverse use of characters.
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